New respite home in memory of Lee
ANEW respite home for Armed Forces families has opened in memory of Lee Rigby.
Lee Rigby House is set in a 17-acre country estate and is a ‘grief retreat’ for Armed Forces families.
The opening of the home, which in Oakamoor, Staffordshire, was attended by Lee’s mum Lyn and stepdad Ian as well as North Heywood councillor Ray Dutton, who is his uncle.
During Coun Dutton’s year as Mayor of Rochdale he raised £12,000 for the Lee Rigby Foundation, which was handed over at the opening.
Also at the event was Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, who herself has raised money for the cause by completing the 10km Great Manchester Run.
She said: “I am delighted to see Lee Rigby House open its doors. I know Lyn, Ian and everyone who helps to support the day-to-day work of the Lee Rigby Foundation have worked extremely hard to make this happen.
“It is wonderful that Lee’s parents are doing something so positive to remember their son by, and I am sure it will provide a great comfort to many families.
“The foundation can only do things like this because of public support and kind donations.”
Lee, a 25-year-old Fusilier from Middleton, was killed on the street in Woolwich, London, by terrorists in 2013.
●●From left are MP Liz McInnes, Lyn Rigby, Councillor Ray Dutton and Lee’s stepdad Ian at the launch of Lee Rigby House. Inset: Lee Rigby